Report: Leeds hold Gjanni Alioski contract talks
Leeds United held contract talks with Gjanni Alioski this week, with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting that the suggestion that he has agreed a move elsewhere is wide of the mark.
Leeds confirmed on their official website that they have offered fresh terms to Alioski as they published their retained list.
It comes after months of speculation surrounding Alioski’s future at Elland Road.
His contract expires this summer. And the Daily Mirror recently suggested that Galatasaray want the 29-year-old.
However, the Yorkshire Evening Post has now reported that rumours claiming that he has agreed to join the Turkish club are wide of the mark.
And they add that Leeds held talks with Alioski over a new deal this week.
More recent signs have started to hint Alioski may yet stay at Leeds
Given how long the uncertainty over Alioski had lingered on, it looked to be a safe bet for some time to assume that the wide-man would leave.
However, there had arguably been a handful of signs in recent times that hinted that the North Macedonian staying may be a more realistic possibility.
Firstly, Leeds announced ahead of Sunday’s clash with West Brom that both Gaetano Berardi and Pablo Hernandez would be leaving.
The two men have cemented themselves as club legends. However, Alioski – who earns £15,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – is an incredibly popular figure amongst the fans. And he has been a fantastic servant.
So it seemed potentially intriguing that his future was not addressed in the announcement.
Meanwhile, Stuart Dallas told the club’s Player of the Year awards that he wanted Alioski to stay.
And in truth, Alioski has shown that he has plenty more to give should he stick around.
His form has been criticised at various points throughout his time in Yorkshire.
However, he was superb in the final weeks of the season. And his performance against West Brom was lauded by many supporters.
Perhaps, it is fair to say that it may be looking increasingly likely that that win may prove to not be his final appearance for Marcelo Bielsa’s side after all.
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